The Essential List: Simon Cvijanovic

A look at Simon Cvijanovic -- one of a select group of players essential to Illinois this spring.

Simon Cvijanovic - Offensive lineman - 6-6, 310, Senior

The Word: The true definition of an anchor, Cvijanovic protected Nathan Scheelhaase in all but one game at left tackle. He went down with what looked to be a season-ending injury at Indiana, only to bounce back two weeks later, missing only one start.

2013: Started 11 games at left tackle

Expectation: Cvijanovic and Ted Karras are usually the guys cited as the best linemen Illinois has. Throwing in Alex Hill and Michael Heitz, the unit has plenty of experience and leadership. That has to mean something, especially considering these guys have been playing together for the better part of two or three seasons. Cvijanovic is an NFL prospect and plays the ever-important left tackle spot. He's been there-done this. He knows what has to be done.

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